Looking to find the right BIKE for you? First ask yourself, why am I riding? For leisure, exercise, running errands, or commuting to work. Second of all, where are you riding? On the road, bike path, trails, or a mix.
Leisure riders should consider a recreational bike, which is built for comfort. A single-speed cruiser is an example that has a heavy frame suited for flat, smooth terrain.
If you’re hitting the road for exercise, choose a road or touring bike with large wheels and thin tires. Featuring drop handlebars and a light frame, road bikes are meant for speed and tend to be more expensive than other bikes.
Mountain bikes have small wheels and wide tires for dirt trails, steep inclines, and slower paces. A hardtail mountain bike with front suspension will suffice. Consider dual-suspension if you’re planning for a more intense, rough, and rocky ride.
A hybrid bike is an excellent choice for commuting to work and running errands. Hybrids are a cross between a mountain bike and road bike, and ride well on roads and trails. They are a great option for beginners.
A recumbent bicycle positions the rider in a reclined position and distributes weight over the back and butt. It can take to the road or unpaved trails, and sports an aerodynamic design. Recumbent bikes offer more stability and cause less upper body and back pain than upright bicycles.
When you are ready to make the commitment, visit a bike specific store knowing that a reliable and durable bicycle may be pricey. Here you can determine the height, saddle, frame, and other details that are right for you. Depending on your needs, it may be beneficial to add a rack, pannier bags, mirror, or bell.
Remember to wear a helmet, properly maintain your bike, and enjoy your ride!
Research provided by Emma Denton, HFI